HCT After Dark 2015 – “Next to Normal”

Summer 2015 – HCT After Dark Presents:

Next to Normalwith book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and three 2009 TONY Awards including Best Musical Score, Next To Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
This show is rated PG-13 for adult situations and language*.

Meet the Cast
Cathy Sturm- Diana
Thom Newman- Dan
Britney Cerra- Natalie
Nick Bushkar- Gabe
Kameron Fort- Henry
Steve Whitney- Dr. Madden
Understudies (Performing Thursday July 30th):
Billy Quebido- Gabe/Dr. Madden
Ethan Whatmore- Henry
Chloe Rudinoff- Natalie
Jessika Montoya- Diana

Meet the Director

Chris Alderete

Chris Alderete

Chris Alderete is thrilled to be directing Next to Normal for HCT After Dark. Chris has lived on Kauai since he was five years old, and he could not be more excited to make his directorial debut with Hawaii Children’s Theatre. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and over the past 10 years he has performed Off-Broadway in NYC, Los Angeles, and in regional and local productions. He is so excited to share all he has learned over the past years with our amazing theatre community.

About the Program

HCT After Dark was started in 2010 to give actors who have graduated from the Hawaii Children’s Theatre Summer Stars program an opportunity to continue performing in Broadway-quality live theatre during the summer on Kauai. The first play, RENT, was wildly successful and since then HCT After Dark has produced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, and Avenue Q.

*Mature Content Information

Note from the authors : “The authors of Next To Normal feel strongly that the profanity in the play is necessary to portray these particular characters fully and honestly, to give a real sense of the depths of their feelings and the stakes involved in their interactions, and to paint a realistic picture of how people under pressure speak.”

Next To Normal deals with the serious topic of mental illness and the steps one family goes through to find “normal.” Some of the topics that are addressed in the play include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, mania, delusions and hallucinations, and electroconvulsive therapy.

For more information please check out the extensive study guide for Next To Normal created by Milwaukee Repertory Theatre here or contact Marc Sicignano.

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